Miley Cyrus’ raunchy and talent-empty performance on the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards stage is still resonating with bloggers, tweeters, and commentarians of all stripes and she has still to receive any actual praise from other performers and… well, anybody outside of her immediate family. Except for her sister, Brandi, not even family members vaguely alluded to having liked the “We Can’t Stop/Blurred Lines” performance. And at the end of the day (or performance, if you will), young Miley should take note: Just like the social maxim maintains, it doesn’t really count if the only praise you receive is from family members.
Take, for instance, dad Billy Ray Cyrus’ reaction — according to Miley — after his daughter’s skimpily-clad, just shy of child pornography (little girl pigtails and teddy bears — seriously?) performance. Access Hollywood reported (via Yahoo TV) Aug. 29 that the “We Can’t Stop” singer shared on Twitter that her “Achey Breaky Heart” daddy had shown her a little support.
“‘Mile, if twerkin woulda been invented…. And I had a foam finger…. I woulda done the same thang you did.’ – DAD,” he supposed wrote.
But it was just more of the standard dad-support-for-his-little-girl that he dished out just after the VMA performance when Entertainment Tonight asked what he thought of her nude-bikini twerking routine. He said he would always support his little girl, no matter what she did.
(And perhaps Billy Ray is a bit historically myopic but twerking has been around for quite some time. It’s been a standard stripper move for decades, something he most likely knows but conveniently forgot in his haste to show his daughter a little reinforcement after the devastating torrential downpour of condemnation she has suffered for the past week following that beyond awful live MTV performance.)
Kpopstarz.com has a rundown of all the family reactions, including from her mother, Tish, who actually says she was in “awe” of her daughter. Sister Brandi posted to Twitter: “All else side Miley sounded amazing”.
(Really? She “sounded amazing?” In what world? The only way that performance “sounded amazing” was if you had your television set to mute. Apparently Brandi didn’t see or hear the child-pretending-to-be-an-adult, out-of-breath performance given by her sister.)
And in the end, Brandi’s tweets were about the only complimentary comments Miley has received about her performance. The praise for her is coldly tempered by an absence of anyone actually liking or enjoying the performance. Even family members.
She’s been criticized and condemned from groups like the Family Research Council and The Catholic League, not to mention verbally eviscerated by the likes of MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzesinski. And, of course, the obviously shocked/disgusted reaction audience camera grab that went viral — courtesy of the entire Will Smith clan.
Adam Lambert, no stranger to controversial performances himself, tweeted that, according to Yahoo TV, people should “cut her some slack.” Justin Timberlake also came to her defense, noting that it was the VMAs, “what did you expect?”
But Lambert also noted that he never said he liked the “Blurred Lines” performance. Timberlake didn’t, either. Supporting an entertainer’s right to perform — and Miley Cyrus had ever right to perform any way she wanted (within FCC regulations and MTV guidelines, of course) — is not the same as praising the performance…
So, to reiterate something even children come to understand over time: Praise doesn’t matter all that much if its just family doing the praising. It’s nice, but… family members are supposed to support you, no matter what. And that is what the Cyrus family has done — shown unfailing support.
It doesn’t mean they liked the twerking performance.
But, then, besides Brandi and Miley Cyrus’ manager, who has actually claimed they did?